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Ryan Bourne
24 November 2015
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For the third time in a year, tomorrow, George Osborne will take to the despatch box to deliver a budget or budget-like statement. We will be treated to a feast of announcements as the Treasury...
Ryan Bourne
17 November 2015
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Many people have taken to social media to ask why the terrorist massacres in Paris have been given so much Western media attention, while similar atrocities in Beirut received scant coverage. One...
Ryan Bourne
11 November 2015
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How large were cuts to government spending during the last parliament? The answer may surprise you. Overall real expenditure fell by just 2.9 per cent between 2010-11 and 2014-15. Later in the month...
Diego Zuluaga
5 November 2015
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Britons are all too aware of the problems of political and economic centralisation. Indeed, the trend for more and more legislative and regulatory power to move from London to Brussels is one of the...
Andrew Lilico
28 October 2015
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A classical conservative believes private property exists in a moral, not merely political sense.  We could truly own things even if we lived on a stateless desert island and my property is...
Philip Booth
26 October 2015
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The corporate tax system is currently under attack from the EU and the OECD. In principle, this is not a bad thing because the corporate tax system is flawed. However, the EU and the OECD do not wish...
Ryan Bourne
6 October 2015
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Having won a majority, and with Labour’s new leader polling worse than any in history, one might have expected a jubilant Conservative party conference. But scratch beneath the surface in...
Philip Booth
7 September 2015
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A tax haven levies certain taxes at a zero or very low rate and combines this with limited information flows to other countries’ tax authorities and a lack of transparency in law making. By the...
Christopher Snowdon
3 September 2015
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There is a persistent belief that drinkers are a burden on the British taxpayer. In the narrative of ‘Booze Britain’, Accident and Emergency departments do little else but patch up the...
Philip Booth
12 August 2015
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When the current government is not regulating prices by imposing floors, such as the minimum wage, it is regulating prices by imposing ceilings such as on consumer credit and pensions products. When...
Ryan Bourne
14 July 2015
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George Osborne’s desired message was clear. He claimed last week’s Budget was a new settlement for a “higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country”. The Tory media duly...
Ryan Bourne
30 June 2015
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Nothing is certain in life but death and the annual claim that the poorest fifth of households pay the highest proportion of their incomes in taxes. Each year, when the ONS publishes its ‘...
Kristian Niemietz
14 May 2015
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The Economist, 11 April 2020 - Continued from part 1 (healthcare) - Up until 2016, the UK was one of the most centralised countries in the world. What was strange about this arrangement was that...
Mikko Arevuo
12 May 2015
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The economic impact of higher top tax rates was one of the more contentious themes of the recent general election. The advocates of higher marginal tax rates for top earners dismissed the idea that...
Andrew Lilico
21 April 2015
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Simon Wren-Lewis, a professor at Oxford and an active blogger, is a long-standing opponent of the Coalition’s economic strategy.  He is currently running a series of blogs on what he terms...
Mark Littlewood
14 April 2015
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There are still 23 days to go, and the signs are bleak. Astonishingly, the rest of this election campaign could be even more trivial, insubstantial and tedious than we have witnessed to date. This...
Philip Booth
10 April 2015
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We have a tax system that is badly designed in principle and far too complex in practice. It is completely unreasonable for politicians to blame individuals and companies who try to minimise their...
Ryan Bourne
1 April 2015
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Robert Peston is currently running a piece entitled: ‘Who to trust - business leaders or economists?’ regarding the election and broad economic strategy on the BBC website. This morning...
Philip Booth
31 March 2015
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The Christian group Care has regularly published a report on the taxation of families in Britain and other developed countries. Its last report concluded that single-earner married couples...
Kristian Niemietz
30 March 2015
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There has been a lot of speculation about where the Conservatives’ headline £12bn of welfare savings should come from. I suspect that the party’s unwillingness to provide any...